Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cellos are Big. They Used to be Bigger.

By Andy Fein, Luthier, Fein Violins, Ltd.

If you've ever seen someone struggling down the street or up the stairs with a cello, your first thought might be "Wow! Those are big instruments!" Well, in the very long history of cellos, many of them used to be even bigger.
The 'Lord Aylesford' Stradivarius cello. A BIG cello
The standard body length of a modern cellos is about 750mm (29 1/2"). Before 1700, some monster cellos, even those made by great makers, were 760mm to 800mm (30" to 31.5"). These big cello were also proportionately wider in width. Think about that the next time you need to reach around your cello's upper bouts to play in upper positions!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wood Music Stands- No Need to Be Wired

By Andy Fein, Fein Violins

We have all experienced the heartbreak of a flimsy wire music stand. You finally have the mindset and the time to practice. You put your Big Book of Etudes on your teeny wire music stand and... Boom! Down goes the music stand and your music. Hopefully, it missed your instrument.

Plus, they're just ugly. Put one in the music room in your home along with your precious instruments and nice furnishings? I. Don't. Think. So.

We came up with a better solution.
              

Introducing-  Our Professional Wood Music Stand with a  beautiful solid wood walnut top and a very reliable black metal height adjusting pole and tilt mechanism. Made especially for Fein Violins by the venerable German music stand manufacturer Konig and Meyer.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pictures of Violins, Violas & Cellos - Where to find Them on The Web

Stradivarius, 1737
By Andy Fein, Martha McDermott, and Miranda Crawford

Many of us love looking at all the variations in the shape, color, style, and age of great violins, violas, and cellos. The web is full of great places to see some wonderful instruments. Stradivaris, Amartis, Guarneris, oh my!
The 'Messiah' Stradivarius

Friday, August 26, 2016

For Cellists- What You Play On Matters

By Andy Fein, Luthier & Owner, Fein Violins, Ltd.

Have you ever attended a concert to hear a great cellist and wondered, "What are they playing on?" No, not the instrument, but the floor, platform, or podium beneath them. What a cellist plays on can make a huge difference in how the cello sounds. It's more than just finding a nice spot to jab your endpin.

Cellist Sol Gobetta on a podium higher than the conductor's

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stradivarius. 10 Fun Facts About His Life & Work

By Andy Fein, Luthier, Fein Violins, Ltd.




Stradivarius. So much of my life is wrapped around learning what he did, how he did it, and maybe even why he did it. Sometimes when I'm working on an instrument, I feel like I'm having a conversation with Stradivarius. Partly with words and partly with the way I work a piece of wood for a violin. Here are some things you may or may not know about him.